“Upon initial assessment from the vet, we were told he had massive brain swelling,” Hunter said. “His heart rate dropped below 20, where the norm is around 120 for a dog his size. His eye was not salvageable, so it was snipped off and they planned on surgically sewing his lid once he was stable. While he was staying strong and fighting through, he was at high risk for hemorrhaging and we were told there was a chance he wouldn't make it through the night.”
The hospital manager informed the couple that a local shelter would be coming for Forrest later in the day, and would assess whether or not he was adoptable. They asked what he thought would happen to Forrest — and he said usually, with dogs who were so significantly injured, they were put down before really being given a chance to recover.
After hearing Forrest’s impending fate, and despite not having the funds to care for him, the couple immediately knew what they had to do.
“We made the decision right there to adopt him,” Hunter said. “Lisa and I lost our beagle in September last year, and he was blind, deaf and diabetic. We're very accustomed to dealing with dogs with special needs, so we felt like this was fate.”